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Jay C. Fortier, 79, passed away Monday, Dec. 04, 2017, at Mayo Regional Hospital, surrounded by family. Jay was born Feb. 04, 1938, in Guilford, the son of Cliff and Dorothy Fortier and spent his life working and enjoying life in the Maine woods.
Jay graduated PCHS night school in 1974. He joined the Army at 17 years old and was a truck driver for the Army Corps of Engineers in Newfoundland. After returning to Maine, he met and married Patricia A. Ramsay, his lifelong love. He worked at the Woolen Mill driving trucks but soon found that the Maine woods was where he wanted to be. He worked with Herb Pulkkinen, Carl Davis, Davis and Glidden. For 22 years he drove and worked on his skidder doing what he loved and then moved on to build roads for International Paper Co. After Leaving I.P, he worked for William London of Milo until 2014. Jay was a member of the Mount Kineo Lodge #109 in Guilford and was Master from 1988-1989. He spent many years enjoying the camp on Piper Pond where family and friends made many memories. Jay enjoyed and always looked forward to the Friday Night horseshoe crew where the gathering place came alive with lots of laughter and smiles. Jay was always the loudest in the crowd, and everyone loved his laughter.
Jay is survived by his children, Robert Fortier of Hermon and his wife, Lisa, his daughter, Kelly Zajechowski and her husband, Bob of Virginia Beach; Robert and Kelly's sister, Karen Belyea; his brother, Gary Fortier and his wife, Alta, Kent Fortier and his wife, Susanne; sister, Nancy Glidden and her husband, Larry, Norma Batchelder and her husband, Richard; his brother-in-law, Steve Ramsay; grandchildren, Erin-Jo Luellen and her husband, Josh, Ian Fortier and his wife, Alexis, Jay R. Zajechowski and partner, Brataleya Curtis; 3 great-grandsons, Dylan and Ethan Luellen and Jaxon Robert Zajechowski; niece, Morgan Newman and her husband, Ted; nephew, Kyle Ramsay and partner, Jessica Sprague; along with many other nieces, nephews, cousin, and lifelong friends. Jay was predeceased by his wife, Patricia.
The family would like to give special thanks the staff of Mayo Regional Hospital for their care and compassion. Friends and family are welcome to join us in the Masonic Service for Jay on Sunday, December 10th at the United Methodist Church in Guilford at 1:00 PM. Reception to follow in the fellowship hall.
Published on December 8, 2017
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